Russian Military in Syria

A Russian combat aircraft at Khmeimim airbase in Syria being prepared for action. (Russian Ministry of Defence)

Belligerent
Russian military
Country
Syria
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

R3604

Incident date

June 19, 2019

Location

بنين, Benin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

In what local sources described as a “massacre”, Russian and Syrian forces killed up to 12 civilians in an airstrike on the village of Benin. @IdlibPlus published a list of names of the victims.

Step News and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that at least seven civilians were killed and 10 civilians were injured, while other sources such as Smart News reported on a higher death toll, claiming that 11 civilians were killed and three civilians were wounded. According to Syria.liveuamap, a total of 12 civilians were killed including three children in addition to six injured civilians.

Smart News posted a video of the aftermath of the attack that can be viewed on their website but is not available for distribution.

The White Helmets said the strike “targeted shops and a main road in the town”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Ahmed Yasin Al Jasem Age unknown killed
  • Abd Al Nasser Mohammed Dabbas Age unknown killed
  • Maysar Abd Al Nasser Dabbas Age unknown killed
  • Kamel Ahmed Al Allawi Age unknown killed
  • Hussam Mohammed Al Jarak Age unknown killed
  • Mustafa Deeb Al Sutaifif Age unknown killed
  • Na’im Subhi Al Qa’oud Age unknown killed
  • Bilal Omar Al Qa’oud Age unknown killed
  • Abd Al Kareem Mohammed Al Jassem Age unknown killed
  • Jihad Mohammed Al A’ma Age unknown killed
  • Mohammed Akel Al Alek Age unknown killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 12
  • (1–6 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–24
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • List of names of the victims of airstrikes in Idlib on June 19th (via @IdlibPlus).
  • Syrian Civil Defense forces at the scene after an airstrike struck Benin on June 19th (via Syria.liveuamap).
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    Scene of the aftermath of an alleged airstrike that struck Benin on June 19th (via @abuhuzaifa_).
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    Video of the aftermath of an alleged airstrike that struck Benin on June 19th (via @abuhuzaifa_).
  • Pictures of the destroyed bakery after it was struck by an airstrike in Benin on June 19th (via @IdlibPlus).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 12
  • (1–6 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–24
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (16) [ collapse]